I'm Glad I'm Not an Alabama Voter

El Dorado News-Times - - Opinion - Michael Shan­non is a com­men­ta­tor and pub­lic re­la­tions con­sul­tant, and is the au­thor of "A Con­ser­va­tive Chris­tian's Guide­book for Liv­ing in Sec­u­lar Times." He can be reached at man­date. mmpr@gmail.com.

More specif­i­cally, I'm glad I'm not an Alabama con­ser­va­tive. The choice con­fronting con­ser­va­tives in the De­cem­ber 12th spe­cial sen­ate elec­tion is very dif­fi­cult. But not so tough that our cul­tural ar­biters aren't ea­ger to give con­ser­va­tives and Chris­tians the ben­e­fit of their wis­dom.

The same Op­po­si­tion Me­dia-Pun­dit-Celebrity nexus that didn't con­demn Teen Vogue for its re­cent is­sue in­tro­duc­ing young girls to the "joys" of anal sex, is now urg­ing Chris­tians to vote "their con­vic­tions." This is cer­tainly a wel­come change from be­ing char­ac­ter­ized as fig­ures of fun who dab­ble in hate, but I'm still skep­ti­cal of the OpMe­dia's sud­den ad­mi­ra­tion for our ster­ling char­ac­ter.

Par­tic­u­larly when they urge us to choose a can­di­date based on moral be­liefs the OpMe­dia rou­tinely mocks and de­rides. Our me­dia bet­ters want Chris­tian vot­ers to pick an ideal can­di­date. Some­one who would look good in a Bap­tist pul­pit, in­stead of the left's ho­tel bathrobe.

Nat­u­rally, their choice is Demo­crat Doug Jones in­stead of hands-on Repub­li­can Roy Moore. The ar­gu­ment isn't all that com­pelling, par­tic­u­larly when one re­calls all of Roy Moore's al­leged vic­tims sur­vived, whereas Demo­crat Ted Kennedy's didn't.

This elec­tion is also note­wor­thy in that it re­verses the usual nose-hold­ing op­tion con­ser­va­tives con­front. I re­cently wrote how I was tired of be­ing told to hold my nose and vote for coun­try club con­ser­va­tives. The Repub­li­can es­tab­lish­ment would pa­tiently ex­plain that even though this spine­less weath­er­vane could never be de­pended upon to fight for bedrock con­ser­va­tive is­sues, he would be marginally bet­ter in of­fice than his left­ist op­po­nent, since he's a sure vote for Mitch McConnell as Ma­jor­ity Leader.

This year con­ser­va­tives have a chance to vote for a some­what tar­nished can­di­date that will fight tooth and toe­nail for con­ser­va­tive causes and the es­tab­lish­ment tells us to for­get about that nose thing and just vote Demo­crat.

From the be­gin­ning I was sus­pi­cious of the un­der­age abuse al­le­ga­tions against Moore. I've worked in cam­paigns for over 40 years and tim­ing is a key fac­tor in the neg­a­tive side of the cam­paign. I've been the me­dia con­sul­tant for races where we had dev­as­tat­ing in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the op­po­nent and we sat on it for weeks or months un­til such a time as the in­for­ma­tion could be re­leased and the op­pos­ing cam­paign would not have time to re­cover.

I sup­pose I could ac­cept the Wash­ing­ton Post's claim that their scoop on Moore was gen­er­ated in-house and not handed to them on a plat­ter like the Rus­sian Dossier. Only, if the sto­ries about Moore's al­leged be­hav­ior were "com­mon knowl­edge," why did the knowl­edge only be­come com­mon na­tion­wide af­ter Moore de­feated Luther Strange and it was too late to put some­one else on the bal­lot?

That con­ve­nient tim­ing looks like a pre­med­i­tated de­ci­sion to hold the story and thereby in­flu­ence the elec­tion. Then there's the year­book sig­na­ture that's an ex­act copy of the Judge Moore sig­na­ture on the wo­man's di­vorce de­cree from years later, but bears no re­la­tion to his un­of­fi­cial per­sonal sig­na­ture at the time the year­book was sup­pos­edly signed.

The OpMe­dia is do­ing its part to make vot­ing Demo­crat less painful for wa­ver­ing con­ser­va­tives and Chris­tians. Why Demo­crat Doug Jones' mid­dle name is 'Mod­er­ate' ac­cord­ing to his glow­ing press clip­pings. He's go­ing to fo­cus on jobs, ed­u­ca­tion and in­fra­struc­ture. There's zero men­tion of Jones be­ing the front­man for a Ge­orge Soros-funded ef­fort to politi­cize U.S. At­tor­neys.

Ac­cord­ing to Bre­it­bart, the Soros-funded ef­fort sup­ported 'end­ing mass in­car­cer­a­tion' and its re­port - au­thored by Jones - used lan­guage sim­i­lar to the Obama Jus­tice Dept. ef­fort to grant de facto amnesty to il­le­gal aliens.

Run­ning in the mid­dle and gov­ern­ing from the left is com­mon for Democrats. Last elec­tion Vir­ginia had its first trans­ves­tite can­di­date for the House of Del­e­gates. This man in wo­man's cloth­ing as­sured vot­ers that he also in­tended to fo­cus on meat-and-pota­toes is­sues like trans­porta­tion.

You can imag­ine voter's shock af­ter he won when they learned his first is­sue in Rich­mond would be forc­ing in­sur­ance com­pa­nies to cover 'gen­der tran­si­tion' and 'gen­der re­as­sign­ment' surgery. Ev­i­dently, the road our shift-shifter was most in­ter­ested in im­prov­ing was the one be­tween his house and the gen­der-bend­ing clinic.

Alabama vot­ers will see the same tran­si­tion when Jones gets to Wash­ing­ton, ab­sent the pro­noun switch.

As far as I'm con­cerned, the vot­ing de­ci­sion for Chris­tians comes down to a sin­gle com­par­i­son. Roy Moore may or may not have fon­dled ba­bies 40 years ago, but if Doug Jones gets to Wash­ing­ton he'll be vot­ing to kill ba­bies and fund Planned Par­ent­hood from day one.

That's why if I were an Alabama voter I'd choose Roy Moore now and sup­port a con­ser­va­tive op­po­nent in the 2020 Repub­li­can pri­mary.

Michael Shan­non

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